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Anyone run Redline in their 901 Tranny?

Is this a do or a don't? I've run this in my Honda for 5 years successfully, just wanted to get some opinions off this BBS.

BTW, what size hex key opens the drain in the tranny casing?
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:03 AM
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You need a 17mm allen wrench, also I have been running redline in my 74 for almost 2 years with no noticeable problems, tranny shifts smooth.
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As has been said before, be sure to take the fill plug out first. If the fill plug is frozen in the hole, it's really difficult to refill the tranny through the drain plug. This hasn't happened to me, but I've heard that some have had the problem.

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I used redline in my tranny. After using, my gears ocasionally grinded when shifting. I was told that there is an additive that you can add to make it less slick as some transmissions don't do well with Redline.

After a couple of months, I switched back to regular gear oil (Swepco) and my shifting returned to normal.

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Thanks for the opinions people, keep 'em coming!!
Is there a specific reason that the 901 may not do well w/ a synthetic like Red Line?
It's been nothing but good in my Honda, but I want to be sure before I do this...
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All I can do is repeat what I have been told: Porsche transmissions (901 and 915 variants) do not "like" Redline or synthetic transmission oils. They seem to shift better with Swepco in them. Then again, one of the guys who told me that was my local mechanic as he was pulling the pieces of my defunct transmission out of the transmission case...

"Dave, don't use that Redline s--t. Swepco was the only thing we could use in the gearbox of the 935 to keep them together for a 24-hour race. Just put that in... After I rebuild this for you. You know, I've never seen one this bad actually drive in under its own power..."

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Jeff Fields my gearbox builder who is right down the street from you in Chatsworth says Valvoline or Swepco only in his rebuilds.
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I second the opinion about making SURE you get the fill-plug off FIRST! Learned that one the hard way!
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Valvoline 80-90 is what I put in mine. We'll see.
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Hmmmm, Swepco always works for me.....
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Guys, thanks for all the replies on this... So I take it that the 901 does better with non-synthetic stuff, or at least a synthetic oil that is thicker in viscosity.
Yes, I learned my lesson on fill plugs about 5 years ago. I briefly considered standing my Honda on its side to fill it back up... Thank god for penetrating oil.

I should clarify, I've always used "Heavy Shock Gear Oil"- you know, the stuff so thick that a quart oozes down the fill tube in about 15 minutes. The standard stuff that Redline markets as MTL would always give me a grind in 3rd gear on the Y1 during a hard shift, so I don't like it.

Has anyone tried this thicker stuff in their 901?
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Jeff Fields is as knowledgeable as they come, and he's giving good advice.

The Redline "Shockproof" has a quadruple dose of sulpher, which tends to centrifuge out and pile up where it shouldn't. Redline (as with ALL synthetics) will not give the same protection to R&P and gear faces, nor will it allow the early synchros to work as efficiently as high quality organic oil will. But then Redline has an excellent marketing campaign ---
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I have had very good results with Amzoil.
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Thanks Geary! These are the kinds of specifics I'm asking about. That's real good to know and I'll definitely take it into consideration.
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I've run Mobil 1 synthetic in my tranny for several years with no bad results. I recomend changing your gear oil twice a year, or every other engine oil change. Use whatever you can get your hands on. This is better than what happends to most of our trannies.

The Schlepco myths are from Anderson. It is a great lubricant and is very very good for _bearings_. It is also a bit thicker than 90W gear oil usually used in these trannies.

If the Synchros are old, use the cheapest from your local FLAPS 85W-140W. If you've recently rebuilt, Synth is fine. The only person with real data, not anecdotes, is Jake Raby, and he uses Mobil 1 gear oil in the 901.

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